image captionEmergency crews were sent to the scene in Newquay after the officer suffered the burns
A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to murder a police officer who has been left with severe burns to his arms and leg.
Devon and Cornwall Police said the officer was sent to Trevenson Road in Newquay, Cornwall, over reports a man was “behaving aggressively”.
The officer suffered the “severe but non life-threatening” burns at the scene and has been taken to Treliske Hospital by air ambulance.
A man, 30, from Newquay is in custody.
Ch Supt Ian Drummond-Smith said officers were called after a man who was living in a field without permission refused to leave when asked by bailiffs.
image captionCh Supt Ian Drummond-Smith said the officer had minor burns and some significant burns
“Within minutes a whole range of officers were there – we are one big team,” he said.
Mr Drummond-Smith added: “There were members of the public there as well as the bailiffs who assisted us in bringing this to a safe resolution.
“The officer’s wife and children have been picked up to go and visit him in hospital today.
The officer has minor burns and some significant burns.
“To the best of my knowledge his face was not burnt.”
image captionThe police officer had been sent to Trevenson Road when he was attacked
“My thoughts are with the brave officer and his loved ones at this time,” she said.
Former inspector at the force Dave Meredith said he had “the privilege of working alongside this officer for over a decade”.
“You could find no better police officer and friend. All the best and get well soon mate,” he added.